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Maison Carree

Place de la Maison Carree, 30000 Nimes, France
+33 (0)4 66 21 82 56
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Ranked #4 of 19 attractions in Nimes
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues
Owner description: The Maison Carrée in Nimes is the only Roman ancient temple completely preserved. The inspiration for the design of the Maison Carree came from the... more » Owner description: The Maison Carrée in Nimes is the only Roman ancient temple completely preserved. The inspiration for the design of the Maison Carree came from the temples of Apollo and Mars Ultor in Rome. Inside, a multimedia show immerses visitors into Nimes' heroic past using the the most cutting-edge resources. The visitors become heroes of Nîmes themselves and the Maison Carrée becomes a gateway to the past and history of Nîmes. « less
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We aimed for the place thinking that we will be able to see inside of the temple but in fact it was just a modern theatre once you get in. We still appreciate what we saw including the short movie however still a bit disappointed.

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Surrey, UK
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

A beautifully restored facade to wait for the half hourly film. It was well wotrth visiting. Note - no obvious handrails to climb up the steps.

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Thessaloniki Region, Greece
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223 helpful votes 223 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I like it, but even more, I like the surrounding area, especially after the dayllight is off. You can visit it, but even better you can admire it from a nearby cafe, enjoying a glass of red wine.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We went in because we had package tickets, and the movie they show on the city foundation was well worth our time. Not sure i would buy a ticket only for this though.

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Oxfordshire
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20 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

The internal attraction of this building is a 20-25 minute film about the history of Nimes. It's subtitled in English and is a very slick production. We brought a combined ticket that gave us access to the amphiteatre as well so I can't comment on the price of this attraction individually. It's nice to do and gives people an escape... More

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Farmington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

That's part of why we travel... to discover magical architecture that still exists from millennia ago and still seems relevant in the modern age. Just walk around the outside if you have no time for a movie inside. The color of the stone and its beautiful proportions are perfect.

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California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This temple, set in the middle of a large plaza, is amazingly well-preserved for something almost 2,000 years old. It's quite beautiful, and worth a stop. (Parking is close by, at the Maison Carrée Vinci Park, off the Boulevard Alphonse Daudet.) Signs outside explain some interesting history of the building. We did not go inside (based upon other TA reviews)... More

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Richmond, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

There was a short movie about the history of Nimes that we all enjoyed, including our children ages 8-14. We especially enjoyed the air conditioning! Being that we are from Richmond, VA and we have a copy of this building in our city (because Thomas Jefferson saw Maison Carree and modeled our capitol building after it), we felt obligated to... More

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Beautiful Roman temple which is fully intact and has been turned into a 'cinema' showing a short film about the history of Roman story of Nimes. It is worth the price of admission which is not too steep - and a lovely cool place to escape the hot summer temperatures outside!

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Sydney, Australia
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

It was a beautiful structure, given it was right in the middle of a modern square. Surrounded by cafes and restaurants, you could spend a few hours here. But we did not enter, i didn't feel the entry fee was worth it, given all the other places i planned to see. Parking close by is a challenge, make sure you... More

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